The Pilot Fire burned 8110 acres and was declared controlled on December 16, 2016 as a result of significant rainfall.
The Pilot Fire started at about 12:10 pm on Sunday August 7, 2016 near the Miller Canyon OHV area off of Highway 138. During the fire, the Forest Service was in Unified Command with CALFIRE, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department other cooperating agencies include California Highway Patrol, California Office of Emergency Services, San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services, Bureau of Land Management, CALTRANS and Southern California Edison.
RESPONSIBLE DRONE USE: While drones have not been seen over the Pilot Fire, fire managers would like to remind the public that hobby drones, or (UAS) unmanned aircraft systems, pose a major safety threat to firefighting pilots and firefighters. When a hobby drone is flown into a fire area, incident commanders have no choice but to suspend air operations and ground aircraft until the drone is removed from the area.
As hobby drones have grown in popularity, we have seen an increase in these drones interfering with firefighting operations. A collision could easily result in major damage to our aircraft, injuries to the pilot and crew on board as well as firefighters below, and worse, a midair collision.
When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage. On most wildfires, an FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is put into effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges.
For more information on drones the public can visit the FAA’s website at www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday August 07th, 2016 approx. 12:15 PM|
|Location||Near Hesperia, Deer Lodge Park, Lake Arrowhead and Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area|
|Incident Commander||Rene Vanderhooft (USFS)|
|Incident Description||Wildfire On The San Bernardino National Forest|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Chaparral, grass, timber (primarily pinyon)with litter and understory
at 8:00 a.m. December 16, 2016 fire officials declared the fire fully controlled.